Did you know that British children are among the most inactive in the world? We all have days when we want to cosy up in front of the TV and have a duvet day with the kids, especially in the autumn and winter months, where you could also be planning for the festive season, but being active is so important. It can be really tough to prise children away from tablets and games consoles, but there are ways of making being in the great outdoors fun.
Here are some great child-friendly activities for Autumn.
This is one of the best times of the year to take your kids into the forests and valleys and discover the wonders of nature. In autumn, when the leaves change colour and start to tumble to the floor, the countryside looks beautiful, and there’s plenty for the kids to look out for and collect. Take some jars to store different coloured leaves, acorns, and conkers, and print out some quizzes or activity sheets from the Internet. Grab your wellies, wrap up warm, and take a bag full of drinks and snacks. Once you’ve got a collection of leaves, you can use them to make collages or leaf paintings when you get home.
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Most parents would agree their children spend too much time sat in front of the TV these days. Some kids even position themselves far too close to the screen when using their PlayStations and Xboxes. With that in mind, all moms and dads reading this post should attempt to do everything possible to peel their children away from the television sets. In most instances, adults just need to inspire the little ones or give them an exciting reason to spend time outside. There are some suggestions in this article that should assist in pointing people in the right direction.
Every mother wants to be able to throw the best party for their child. Year after year, parents try to create the biggest and the best parties, spending too much money and feeling far too stressed. Have you ever thought that it could be more about the special little touches that bring magic and fun to the day?
You don’t have to go OTT and try and throw a lavish party for your children to have a good time. After all, is a 5-year-old really going to know whether your table cloths were brought from Asda or John Lewis? Cut down on expensive venues, tableware and food and spend the money of memorable touches instead that really will help to ensure your little one has the best day ever.
It’s been such a long time since I did an update on baby girl, in fact her last one was at her 11 month Health Visitor checkup.
She has grown and developed loads in the past 5 months, the most noticeable thing is her pearly white smile with those gleaming white teeth.
Ever since baby girl’s first teeth popped through, I have been religiously teaching her that she must brush her teeth everyday. It’s a big part of our routine now. She has two little bottom front teeth and then her two big front teeth and not forgetting those two top front pointy teeth, so six milk teeth altogether.
I love how white and perfect they are, and I want to keep them that way!
Baby girl has her special first soft toothbrush and first toothpaste kept together in her little pot on the bathroom sink. She loves to brush her teeth.
I ask her around 6:30pm,
“Are you going to bed now?”
“Yes” she replies.
“Shall we go and brush your teeth?”
“Pleeeasee” she replies and then off she toddles to the bathroom.
I hold her up to the bathroom mirror and we brush her teeth together. She is so good at opening her mouth for me to brush her teeth at only 17 months old. I always pretend to brush my teeth with her so she will learn to understand that it’s what we all do. She is into copying everything I do at the moment!
Like any other toddler, I’m sure, she will try and eat the brush and suck the miniscule amount of toothpaste from the brush! I try to make it a fun game for her and not turn it into a chore.
She is now wanting to hold her brush herself and she does try to brush her teeth, it’s so cute!
As we approach the Summer holidays, it’s inevitable we are all going to be travelling with kids in the car, may that be babies, toddlers or older children. It could be just a trip to the beach or around town, but it could also be a much longer trip like going abroad or driving to the other end of the country.
Wherever you are going, you need to be prepared for all eventualities, especially if you are travelling with toddlers!
Back in the nineteenth century, musical ability was seen as a sign of great intellect. Like mathematics and studying the classics, music was seen as one of the four essential skills that marked a true thinker apart from the general population. Over time, that view has changed, but science has discovered that there was a lot of wisdom in the attitudes of the nineteenth century. It turns out that learning to play a musical instrument really is good for your brain.
This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to encourage children to learn a musical instrument while they’re young. At that stage, their brain is still wiring itself up, making it the perfect time to get them interested in playing the drums, the flute, the piano or whatever else they might be interested in. Music is a universal language, like maths, and they’ll be able to use it in the future to connect with others and spread joy, no matter what their culture or background.
Most scientists agree that music is beneficial for child development. They’ve discovered many brain benefits of music. Here is just a sample of what they’ve discovered and why music helps make kids very intelligent.